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Cubs' Bradley faces ``hatred'' daily

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The Cubs' inevitable plans to rework their underachieving roster under new ownership should probably start with an effort to move Milton Bradley and whatever they can of the $21 million left on the final two years of his contract.

And by the sounds of it, Bradley would welcome it.

In response to a mundane postgame question about feeling more comfortable - presumably at the plate - following his four-hit night, Bradley revealed that he's never comfortable here and talked about dealing with ``hatred'' daily.

``It's never comfortable,'' he said after going 4 for 4 with a homer in Tuesday's 15-6 loss. ``It's hard to be comfortable when you don't get a hit and get booed every time. When I go home and look in the mirror, I like what I see. My family's there. I have people I can talk to who are very supportive in spite of everything and all the adversity and hatred you face on a daily basis. But I'll be all right. I always have.''

Hatred? It would seem he's referring to that booing and possibly criticism in the media.

Hatred? Come on.

Building an off-season around a $30 million acquisition at the expense of some key depth players only to watch the new guy fail to deliver and the lack of depth become costly deserves criticism - whether aimed at the player or the organization. And maybe it deserves a fair share of those boos.

But that's about the player, not the person.

Unless there's something more than Bradley's telling us about the source of this ``hatred,'' then he has only himself to blame for making it that personal.

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You're ridiculous, Whittenmeyer.

Only by saying that Milton Bradley has underperformed shows reflection of you to underperform your own duties as a baseball "critic." I doubt you even look at anything above RBI's, you fake.

Bradley is more valuable than Raul Ibanez.

Bradley faces crtitcism because he doesn't play hard most of the time, plays dumb alot of the time, and has an attitude ALL of the time.

Play like Sam Fuld..and see how the fan's react to you Milton.

I really hate whiny baby baseball millionaires who cannot take critics. Be a man Bradley and step up to admit you have not had a very good season. Stop blaming the media and the fans. I think the fans would be more forgiving if you just humbled yourself and indicate such. Say whatever for a reason except against the fans or media. It was harder than I thought to play the field every day, It took longer than I would of thought to get comfortable with playing day games, I have struggled big time hitting left handed for the first time or a long time in my career, I am working very hard to figure out why, I can understand the fans frustrations with the way I have played, I would be frustrated with me too……

Look in the mirror again.

BOO-HOO, Nobody likes me so I'm going to pout. Mr. Hendry, please give ME 30 million, I'll be even worse than Bradley, but I promise you'll never hear a peep out of me. When I get booed by fans at Wrigley, I'll smile and tip my cap to the fans, then go to the dugout and continue counting my money !! WOW, you paid 30 million for CANCER ?

Gordon, you know as well as I do that the "hate" he mentions is in large part a reference to the same "hateful," racist comments that Jacque Jones faced while playing in right field for the Cubs. I am absolutely not using that as an excuse for his lackluster performance for most of this season (and he absolutely should have known what he was getting into before signing), but there is no doubt that hateful, racist things are directed at him on a daily basis from the Wrigley bleachers. As a die-hard Cub fan, I am ashamed and embarassed by these fans...they make us all look bad...but it is nevertheless an unfortunate reality in the Friendly Confines. There are good things and bad things about having the fans "right on top of the action," like at Wrigley, and this...along with beer-soaking incidents like the one with an example of one of the bad things.

Milton Bradley more valuable than Raul Ibanez?

Uh... I dig OBP as much as the next guy, but this is truly nuts. Ibanez has 27 homers; Bradley, 10. Ibanez is hitting .286; Bradley .259. Ibanez has 79 RBIs; Bradley, 32. Ibanez has one error and seven assists; Bradley has 3 errors and 4 assists. And most of all, Ibanez is not a clubhouse cancer and malcontent. Bradley's made his own bed. He's getting paid EIGHT FIGURES. Time to shut up and man up, or get out.

I liked the Bradley deal from the beginning, developed a few reservations when he wass slumping so badly from the left side, and am now delighted that he seems to have found his batting eyer. He was consistently excellent except for a couple of really rare lapses and gave total affort whenever he was in.No way should they get rid of him!!Right now he's the best hope for the Cubs to make the play-offs. I don't agree with the comment by NittanyCub, but you are overreacting to his comments. I'm sure anyone constantly getting booed is bound to develop a bit of sensitivity. Look at poor Rex.There's a guy who really did seem to get a lot of undeserved hatred.

Are racist things yelled at Milton from the bleachers? Probably. It's disgusting and unacceptable if it happens, and I wouldn't be shocked if it has. But let's face it. Billy Williams didn't have this problem. Sammy Sosa, as I recall, was both black and Hispanic, and he got nothing but adoration. Milton is just a problematic human being. For $30 million, who among us would not be able to put a smile on his face and be happy out in Sosa's spot? FROM THE BEGINNING, Milton has treated this unbelievable privilege as a PROBLEM. Many other African-Americans in his position treated it as a wonderful thing, and were in turn loved by the fans. Sure, Milton as an African-American has it tougher than I do, unquestionably, and I can't judge him for developing a hypersensitivity, because I have not had to deal with that. But we all have our small and large crosses to bear, and our own attitudes have a lot more to do with our ultimate happiness or unhappiness than the attitudes of others do. He's not going to change, in all probability. Now that he's succeeding on the field, instead of relaxing, he seems to want to throw it in the faces of all the fans who are paying his salary - which means there's no hope. But it's not because he's black, or because some fans are racist; or at least, these things are not determinative. It's because of his personality. If Ernie Banks is at one end of the spectrum, Milton is pretty close to the other. That (and 512 homers, of course) is why one is loved and the other is scorned.

If under performing, obnoxious, over payed baseball players have suddenly become a race then I guess that makes me a racist. I don't like him and up to this point I gave him the benefit of the doubt.

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